Hillary Clinton only
has to walk down the street on January 20th, from the White House to
the United States Senate. One
has to wonder what lies ahead for Chelsea, who's gotten a lot of
photo-op press standing beside her mother.
One also has to
wonder what a couple of months out of the White House will produce for
Bill Clinton, the man who lived above the law while Americans forgave
him all his sins and credited him with the American economy built on
the information revolution. It just isn't credible that he will be, in his words,
"Joe Citizen." (We
also wonder what Hillary will let hubby do, if she keeps him around.)
presidential election, left unresolved the day after the nation's
votes had been cast until the recount in Florida is complete,
reflected the impact of a strong economy on our voters. As
we noted almost four months ago, Americans vote their wallets. Nowhere
was this more obvious than in Michigan.
Is there any doubt in
anyone's mind that Hillary has the presidency in mind for herself? Or
a high profile career in mind for her daughter? There's none in this
What can mitigate
against the "Clinton legacy" of more Clintons is the
economy. If we recall
accurately, 1992-93 were fairly tight times in this nation. In
1994 the information revolution began liftoff, and thrust our economy
into very high gear by 1995-96, carrying Clinton over and beyond his
scuzzy personal habits into the White House for a second term. (Bob
Dole wasn't exactly an exciting opponent, either.)
are beginning to show signs of retreat, from Lucent's notice of large
cutbacks to the demise of Pets.com. The
halcyon days of early e-commerce, early E-for-Everything are over for
awhile. The economy is, above all, cyclical even though it has defied
the normal cycle downturns for a few years.
The question on my
mind is: if we are to have an economic downturn in this nation, with
its invariable ripple effect, would Gore in the White House help end
the prospect of a Clinton Dynasty? Or would his connection with the
Clinton years only serve to prove that it wasn't Clinton-Gore that
were the "Bill and Al" of the great economy, but rather,
Bill Gates-Alan Greenspan.
One still has to
wonder about the women's vote, which apparently carried Hillary easily
in her New York senate race. Just
what were women voting for? More
money? Guaranteed abortion on demand rights? Did women have a single
issue in mind for a more moral America in which o raise children? Did
the Jewish people just wink at her past record? In an election like
this, we only know that the pocketbook controlled the thinking.
When the pocketbook is down to coins, and everyone has to have a pet tree, then what?
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